Despite 2018 marking 40 years since the final episode of “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” was broadcast, the iconic catchphrases and unforgettable characters continue to live on in Guy Unsworth’s stage adaptation, which stumbled its way into Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018.
Joe Pasquale stars as the accident-prone Frank Spencer (a role made famous by Michael Crawford), whose long-suffering wife Betty (Sarah Earnshaw) has some exciting news for him.
However, Frank is too preoccupied by his possible fame as a magician to take any notice and, as guests arrive for dinner, there’s crossed wires all round and priceless misunderstandings on the menu.
As soon as the house lights dim and the iconic theme tune blares out through the speakers, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em takes audiences on a nostalgic journey, littered with many nods towards Raymond Allen’s original creation.
Yet, despite this, Unsworth’s fast-paced script ensures the production remains easily accessible for newcomers to the series, with the belly laughs coming thick and fast thanks to the sharp jokes and brilliantly executed visual humour from the strong cast.
Joe Pasquale, donning the instantly recognisable beret and mac, has been perfectly cast in the role of Frank. The much-loved comedian’s distinctive voice and comic timing, complete with tongue-twisting monologues, is a joy to watch and is the basis of many of the play’s jokes.
In fact, the whole cast is extremely likeable. Sarah Earnshaw brings a sense of warmth and level-headedness to the role of Betty, whilst former “Coronation Street” star Susie Blake provides many humorous moments as the tipsy, disapproving mother.
The story unfolds on a set that not only brilliantly captures the 70s with mismatching wallpaper and retro furnishings typical of the era (complete with paintings of Bruce Forsyth and Engelbert Humperdinck), but has also been designed to complement the visual stunts and mishaps, including collapsing shelves, leaky plumbing and dodgy electrics.
“Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” provided plenty of laughs for audiences in the 70s, and Guy Unsworth’s adaptation for the stage just goes to show that the sitcom can still ‘ave ‘em in 2018 too, regardless of age.
“Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” is at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 until Saturday, July 7th, 2018.
Tickets can be purchased from the Darlington Hippodrome box office on 01325 405405 or via the website.